The British and Irish Lions are four games into their ten-match tour and as pressure and hype build towards the first Test against the All Blacks on June 24 at Auckland’s Eden Park, the tourists have rolled into Rotorua for their clash with the Maori All Blacks.
All eyes are on who Lions boss Warren Gatland will name in the match day 23, with the expectation being that it will be a squad that will feature many of those expected in the first Test a week later.
While only 23 of the now 40-man playing squad set to feature on Saturday, former England and Lions centre Will Greenwood has shared an astonishing picture on his Twitter account that reveals the mammoth operation involved in moving the Lions around from one location to the next.
In addition to the squad, coaches and other support staff, there is the not so small matter of kit bags and training equipment to contend with.
— Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood) June 14, 2017
So while the Lions are whisked away in Range Rovers or safely tucked up in business class, spare a though for kit man Patrick ‘Rala’ O’Reilly and the long-suffering logistics crew as they move a mountain of branded gear from one end of New Zealand to the other.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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